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HMNZS TAUPO P3570

The RNZN in the early 1970s sought a replacement patrol craft for the slow and inadequate SDMLs which were of the Second World War era. These craft would be used for fisheries patrols and surveillance of territorial waters which in 1975 was a 12-mile [19km] zone. They were not designed for patrolling the 200 mile [322km] EEZ that was declared from 1 October 1977. This was left to the RNZAF Orion and RNZN frigates. It was originally intended to order six vessels from Brooke Marine at Lowestoft in Britain but the order was reduced to four. Names were transferred over from four of the Loch-class frigates which had served with the RNZN in the 1950s & 1960s. The names chosen were Hawea, Pukaki, Rotoiti and Taupo. Taupo was laid down on 25 July 1974 and completed by Novem...

HMNZS TE KAHA DUE HOME FOR XMAS

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)’s frigate HMNZS Te Kaha is under-going sea trials in Canada following a mid-life upgrade. It is the first of two Anzac-class frigates set to receive the Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) at Seaspan shipyards with Lockheed Martin Canada acting as prime contractor. The Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) project is upgrading the frigates’ surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities to match current and future threats and address obsolescence of some current systems. This will deliver a new combat management system, new radars, electronic detection and other above water sensors, the self-defence missile system, decoys against missiles and torpedoes, and an upgrade to the hull-mounted sonar. Te Kaha is due to berth in Auckland on Sunday, 20 December 20, at ...

MEMORIAL SERVICE – 79TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SINKING OF HMS NEPTUNE

NOTE! NEW TIME 1030, Sunday 20 December 2020 St Christopher’s Chapel, Devonport Naval Base. Rig: 1BW (negative swords) On 19 December 1941, HMS NEPTUNE sunk after hitting a mine off the coast of Tripoli in the Mediterranean. All but one of the 764 personnel aboard lost their lives. Amongst the crew were 150 New Zealanders, many of whom were reservists.  This event represents the largest loss of New Zealand life at sea and forms a significant event in the history of our Navy and especially of our Naval Reserve. Ship’s Company are invited to attend the service which will be led by Padre Michael Berry. Please note the new time for this service due to the homecoming of HMNZS TE KAHA, due alongside at 1000 on this day.  As there is likely to be a number of people on base at this time,...

Navy vessel popular attraction

Eastland Port had a new star attraction on Saturday, with HMNZS Manawanui open to the public. The Royal New Zealand Navy vessel was on her first visit to her home port of Gisborne, where a ceremonial ‘charter parade’ on Friday celebrated the connection. The ship provides the ability for diving and hydrographic specialists to embark and conduct specialised operations such as surveying of lakes, coastlines and harbours, underwater explosive disposal, mine counter measures and underwater search and salvage. Read more from the Gisborne Herald here

Navy Won’t Repair Fire-Damaged Warship, Saying It Would Cost Billions

A U.S. Navy warship that was engulfed by a fire in July while docked in San Diego will be decommissioned instead of rebuilt, the Pentagon said Monday, deciding to forgo a repair project that could have surpassed $3 billion. The ship, the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard, will be dismantled and some of its spare parts will be used in other naval vessels, officials said. Read more from the New York Times here

EX HMNZS KUPARU – HAULOUT

Scott Perry, owner of Kuparu, has been putting in the ‘hard yards’  doing much needed restoration work on Kuparu. She is currently hauled out at Marsden Cove, Whangarei, Scott found some worm in the keel which had to be attended to and this has extended the time on the hard. She is due to go back in the water next week. The good news is that her hull will be black, the way most of us remember MLs. If you get a chance, Scott would appreciate a hand. It is a big job for one man on his own. If you are in the area give him a call – 027 278 2542.

MEMORIAL SERVICE – 79TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SINKING OF HMS NEPTUNE

Sunday 20 December 2019, 1000 St Christopher’s Chapel, Devonport Naval Base Rig: 1BW (negative swords) On 19 December 1941, HMS NEPTUNE sunk after hitting a mine off the coast of Tripoli in the Mediterranean. All but one of the 764 personnel aboard lost their lives. Amongst the crew were 150 New Zealanders, many of whom were reservists. This event represents the largest loss of New Zealand life at sea and forms a significant event in the history of our Navy and especially of our Naval Reserve. Association members are invited to attend the service which will be led by Padre Michael Berry. Further information can be obtained from the Padre on his civilian address michael.berry@aucklandanglican.org.nz

Wartime recollection: Fateful day still vivid in 95-year-old’s memory

Deciding not to wait in a long queue as his crewmates went single file down to their living quarters, George Billing went to go to an office to finish a letter instead. It was a decision that saved his life because within minutes a torpedo slammed into his ship close to where his bunk was. Read more from the Kapiti News here

HMNZS Aotearoa: Covid-19 again scuppers best-laid plans for Navy’s big new ship

The maiden Kiwi voyage of the Navy’s new ship has been knocked back as coronavirus continues to conspire against HMNZS Aotearoa. Meanwhile, some of its new crew have been siphoned off to help with Operation Protect, the Defence Force’s (NZDF) contribution to the national Covid-19 response, which includes providing security at managed isolation and quarantines facilities. Read more from Stuff.co.nz here

NZ military divers fly out of Christchurch for under ice hydrography mission in Antarctica

A team of NZ military divers will fly out of Christchurch today as they head to Antarctica for a unique mission deep beneath the ice. The team of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) hydrographers will leave Christchurch on Friday to carry out an underwater survey to help Antarctica New Zealand with logistical planning for its $250 million Scott Base redevelopment project. Read more from Otago Daily Times here

Manawanui ‘at home’ this week

HMNZS Manawanui, the Royal New Zealand Navy vessel that calls Gisborne its home port, arrives here on Thursday for four days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern named Gisborne the Manawanui’s home port when New Zealand purchased the vessel in 2018. “It’s common for naval ships to be assigned an honorary home port once they’re commissioned,” said Mayor Rehette Stoltz.

Covid-19: Military quarantine personnel moved to Navy base under level 3 rules

Navy personnel assigned to a quarantine facility were quietly moved to new quarters at a suburban military base after the November cluster began. The service members were ordered to observe strict alert level 3 lockdown precautions at the Officer Training School at Narrow Neck on Auckland’s North Shore. The group was moved to the seaside barracks the weekend after news broke on Friday, November 6, of the uniformed Defence Force member having caught coronavirus at Jet Park, in circumstances which remain unknown. Read more from Stuff.co.nz here

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